By Heart: The Chiara String Quartet

Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 pm at Christ Episcopal ChurchBuy tickets now online or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 800/838-3006
Chiara Quartet photo by Lisa Marie MazzuccoThe Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, Jonah Sirota, and Gregory Beaver) performs works by Shostakovich, Britten and Mendelssohn from memory, and a quintet by Ginastera with flutist and Festival artistic director Linda Chesis.  The Chiaras recently announced that they will end their full-time work together in September of 2018, following a rich and diverse 18-year performance career.

Britten: Three Divertimenti
Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13

$5 from your ticket price purchased in advance will go to support CCS Friends of Music and Art, a volunteer group that promotes arts and music education at Cooperstown Central School (K-12).

Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the CHIARA STRING QUARTET captivates its audiences throughout the country. Lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe), the quartet is currently Hixson-Lied Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was the 2015-2016 quartet-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Always interested in engaging with the music at its core as well as reaching audiences, the quartet has dedicated itself to finding ways to make the musical experience meaningful for all involved. In this pursuit the quartet has performed in venues from major concert halls to clubs, created interactive programs for all ages, and most recently taken to performing and recording from memory, or “by heart.” Described by an audience member as “a 3-D experience for the listener,” playing by heart is deeply rewarding for the Chiara as well; memorizing the score helps them to closely relate to the composer’s compositional process. The Chiara’s latest album is Bartók by Heart, a 2-CD set featuring Bartók’s string quartets, played entirely from memory, released in August 2016 on Azica. The quartet’s previous album, Brahms by Heart, was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim.


The Chiara Quartet regularly performs in major concert halls across the country and has toured China, Korea, and Sweden. Recent collaborators include The Juilliard and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Joel Krosnick, Roger Tapping, Simone Dinnerstein, Norman Fischer, and Paul Katz. The Chiara has been committed to the creation of new music for string quartet since its inception, and has commissioned composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Jefferson Friedman, Nico Muhly, and Robert Sirota. The Chiara trained and taught at The Juilliard School, mentoring for two years with the Juilliard Quartet, as recipients of the Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency. Chiara (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning “clear, pure, or light.” For more information, visit

Linda Chesis, festival artistic director, founder and flutist

Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…


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